Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.
Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Very few people have brilliant white teeth and as we get older teeth can become more discoloured. Drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine and also smoking can also stain the teeth.
We offer two types of tooth whitening:
Poladay Tooth Whitening
You will need to see our dentist for an initial consultation. The dentist will then take impressions of your teeth to create custom-made whitening trays constructed at the laboratory. Once the trays have been manufactured you receive the Poladay Whitening Kit which contains 10 syringes of 6% hydrogen peroxide tooth whitening gel. The whitening gel is placed into the trays which your wear for 45 minutes per day for 4-14 days depending on the dentists’ advice.
Results can be maintained by topping up the whitening a few times a year for one or two days. Top up syringes can be purchased from the practice.
The Enlighten whitening systems is the 'Rolls Royce' of tooth whitening treatments. It's the only system in the world to guarantee that your teeth will achieve a VITA shade B1 (which is the whitest shade on a regular dentist guide shade) and this applies to every patient regardless of starting colour, age or dietary habits. There is less sensitivity than with other whitening systems so Enlighten is particularly good if you suffer with sensitive teeth.
What does Enlighten treatment involve?
Following a consultation with our dentist, impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to the Enlighten dental lab where ultra comfortable custom-made tooth whitening trays are made.
You will be given Enlighten tooth serum to use instead of your normal toothpaste. You will use this serum while the trays are being constructed (normally 2 weeks) and this helps ensure the teeth are in an optimum state to start the whitening process.
Once the trays have been manufactured you will return to the surgery and be given a 2 week Enlighten Take Home Kit. The kit contains Carbamide Peroxide whitening gel which is placed into the whitening trays which are worn for 14 consecutive nights.
On the 15th day you will return to the practice and the dentist will carry out a second treatment, using your trays, which takes only 40 minutes.
Results can be maintained by topping up the whitening for one night every other month. You will be given an extra whitening syringe for this purpose which should last a year. Further top up syringes can then be purchased from the practice annually.